Complete your B.A. at EWU while earning your J.D.
Gonzaga University School of Law and Eastern Washington University’s joint program provides students who have not yet completed a bachelor's degree the ability to apply to and graduate from law school a year sooner.
How the 3+3 Program works
Gonzaga University Law considers applications for admission to its full-time J.D. program from any EWU student who, at the time of application, will have earned at least 50 percent of the credits required for an EWU baccalaureate degree and will have earned at least 75 percent of the credits required for an EWU baccalaureate degree before their enrollment at Gonzaga University Law.
In conjunction, EWU will accept up to thirty semester credits as transfer credits from Gonzaga University Law to meet the degree requirements for select bachelor's degree programs. Students must also meet the minimum graduation requirements outlined by EWU.
Students must apply for admission to Gonzaga University Law’s full-time, regular J.D. program. We must receive all required application materials no later than March 15 of the calendar year in which you hope to matriculate at Gonzaga University Law. See full timeline and required materials below.
To receive preference for admission or scholarships, students should have a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 or higher at EWU for the credits counted toward the EWU baccalaureate degree at the time of application. All grades earned at any post-secondary institution will be considered by the Gonzaga University Law Admissions Committee, including grades from courses transferred into EWU from other colleges.
Once admitted to the J.D. program, we strongly encourage students maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 before enrollment. A drop in an admitted student's cumulative GPA below 3.30 during such period may result in rescinding our decision to admit the student.
Additionally, preferred students should achieve a score at or above the twenty-fifth percentile of LSAT scores for matriculants at Gonzaga University Law for the previous admission year. Please contact our admissions office to find out what the twenty-fifth percentile LSAT score was.
Typical Application Process
June - July prior to start of junior year:
- Assess the academic performance to date to ensure that the 3.30 GPA requirement has been met and 50% of required baccalaureate credits have been earned;
- Prepare for the LSAT
October - December of junior year:
- Consult with faculty advisor to plan course selection for spring semester of junior year to ensure that all requirements for the baccalaureate degree, other than courses to be taken in the first year of law school, will be fulfilled;
- Take October or December administration of the LSAT
November - January of junior year:
- Receive LSAT score and determine if eligible to submit application
- Submit transcripts, including fall semester junior year grades, to CAS
- Submit application materials to Gonzaga University Law, including:
- Application form
- CAS report (includes undergraduate transcript and LSAT scores)
- Two letters of recommendation;
- Personal statement;
- Letter of eligibility for 3+ 3 Program from faculty advisor
January - March of junior year:
- Request interview after application materials have been submitted.
- Take February LSAT if necessary.
Tuition and Financial Aid
EWU students who apply for admission to, or matriculate in, the program can apply for any and all applicable scholarships and other financial aid at Gonzaga University Law on the same terms as any other students. Total scholarships awarded, including external scholarships, may not exceed Gonzaga University Law's tuition cost.
Carl Maxey Social Justice Scholarship Program
We reserve one Carl Maxey Social Justice Scholarship per academic year for an EWU student who satisfies the selection criteria for the Carl Maxey Social Justice Scholarship Program.
Applicants to this program must demonstrate their commitment to social justice, illustrate their leadership potential or promise, and explain how they contribute to the diversity of Gonzaga University Law and to the profession.